Jose Maria Sison May Lose Asylum Status Once the Court Declares CPP as Terrorists

Jose Maria (Joma) Sison, the founding chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army is in danger of losing his political asylum in The Netherlands once the court declares the CPP as terrorist organizations according to the statement released by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano.

According to the statement released by the former senator and the current head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, once the court outlawed the CPP, the Philippines can transport Sison back to the country and make his answer for his crimes, Cayetano explained.

Joma Sison, the leader of the NPA during the Marcos years and one of those who was freed by former Pres. Cory Aquino has been living in the Netherlands since the year 1987 while his comrades in the Philippines have been having difficulty living in the jungles of the country.

Sec. Cayetano was quoted as saying "There is no asylum for terrorism, so if it can be proven that they are not in fact legitimate victims of persecution but are terrorists, then a country can decide to reverse the granting of asylum,” Cayetano said in a chance interview at the sidelines of the Philippine-Cambodia 2nd Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in Manila.

The Department of Justice recently ordered the Office of the Prosecutor General to file a formal petition before a regional trial court seeking to declare the CPP/ NPA terrorist groups.

Under Section 17 of Republic Act 9372, or the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007, the DoJ needs to seek clearance from the court before an organization, association or group could be declared terrorist.

Aside from the statement made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Cayetano, analyst Ramon Casiple also  shared the same view, noting that a court ruling outlawing the CPP-NPA could result in the cancellation of Sison’s political asylum status and even his passport.

Even if there is no existing extradition treaty between the Philippines and the Netherlands, the Dutch government, Casiple said, could go after Sison once the court legally declared the CCP as a terrorist group.

Pres. Duterte for his part have been criticizing Joma Sison for living the good life in Utretch while members of the NPA struggle daily in the mountains. The President also dared to leave his "sanctuary" in The Netherlands and bring the fight in the Philippines.

Source: PNA

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